December 2008 Monthly Archive

December 30, 2008

What Happens To An Action Hero When We Grow Up?

Depends on what we want from him.


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December 29, 2008

Heidi's Real Problem On The Hills: She's In The Wrong Movie

I can no longer find the link, but someone-- Us Magazine?  Entertainment Weekly?-- did a Most Memorable TV Moments, and the season 3 finale of The Hills was one of them.

They were right.



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December 24, 2008

The Writers of Fool's Gold Get One Thing Right


In an otherwise unwatchable movie, a surprisingly insightful 5 seconds.

Matthew McConaughey plays a sunken treasure hunter and an idiot.  The bad guy treasure hunter confronts McConaughey's partner, who is only incidentally in the movie.

"Well, well, well, if it isn't the Ukrainian sidekick."

"I don't tink of myself dat way," says the partner, whose name I don't think we ever learn.  "I am dee lead character in my own story."

Right on, man.  Right on.


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December 22, 2008

Major Depression is Major Depression, Until Proven Otherwise

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In which Marco Polo is forced to agree that a unicorn is a unicorn, until proven otherwise.


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December 17, 2008

Is Internet Addiction Really An Addiction?

Depends on your definition. Wovon man...


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December 15, 2008

Self-Embedding Syndrome: What's Going On In Ohio?


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A poster presented at the Radiological Society Of North America.   Self-embedding syndrome: adolescents embed foreign bodies into their arms, hands, etc.  In this x-ray, she's embedded 8 pieces of metal into her arm.

What caught my eye were two things: first, even though this is an old problem, the authors say this is the first study on this, suggesting that it's on the rise (enough for radiologists to notice.)  Second, that it happened in Ohio-- which was, along with Indiana, was responsible for half of the youth suicide increase in 2007.


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December 15, 2008

Should Hubris Be In The DSM-V?


Certain psychiatrists carry considerable weight in determining the policy, the spirit, of psychiatry.  Henry Nasrallah is one of those men, which is why, if you see him write an editorial called, "Should psychiatry list hubris in the DSM-V?" -- especially if it is tongue-in-cheek--- you should strike yourself in the head with a brick until you are unconscious.  You are about to be manipulated with words, and then it will be too late.


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December 10, 2008

Is An Hourglass Figure The Ideal? Only If You're Weak And Stupid

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I may have my own sexual preferences, and they may or may not involve rum and the high seas, but I know a political agenda masquerading as a journal publication when I see one.



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December 9, 2008

If You're Reading It, It's For You?


I came across an odd ad in one of the psych journals.


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December 8, 2008

1 In 5 Cars Has A Personality Disorder

The other 4 cars are now completely fine, thanks to early intervention.


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December 4, 2008

The British Model Of Cost Effectiveness Fails On Philosophy

Good idea, sort of, but it misses a key element.


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December 2, 2008

Psychopaths Are Charming?

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December 1, 2008

Off Label Prescribing Turns Out To Be On Label

In which I bite down on a leather strap in an effort not to explode like that guy on Heroes.


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